As Fanshawe and Western students flock back to London, police are stepping up their presence at bars and other establishments that serve alcohol.
The action comes as part of a provincial Community Alcohol Safety and Enforcement (CASE) program aimed at enforcing Liquor Licence Act rules.
During a one-week campaign starting Thursday, Aug. 30, uniformed officers will be in bars making sure everything’s on the up and up. They’ll be focusing on violations like overcrowding, serving minors and after-hours service, Deputy Chief of Administration John Pare said.
“Ensuring licensed establishments operate in a legal and safe manner is critical to creating safe environments and promoting community safety,” Pare said Wednesday. “Part of that is educating many of the bar owners and staff in relation to their responsibilities about the sale and service (of alcohol).”
The crackdown in bars will coincide with the return of Project L.E.A.R.N., a London police initiative designed to prevent rowdy parties and disorderly behaviour as students return to the city.
Those efforts largely are focused on areas frequented by students, such as Richmond Row, and in the neighbourhoods where they live.
While increased enforcement at bars is a provincial push, London police have been doing inspections at local businesses almost weekly since January 2011, Pare said.
A second weeklong CASE campaign is expected this spring.